|coffeehouse_136_Dan_Marcus - Mark Cohen|
REFORMING THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT: WHAT IS TO BE DONE? The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel, which issues legal opinions to the Executive Branch, provided the Bush Administration with the legal rationale for its torture practices and, perhaps, a legal safe harbor from prosecution. In its firing of nine U.S. attorneys, critics charge that the Bush Justice Department elevated political loyalty over professionalism...
Keywords: Justice; torture; U.S. attorneys
|coffeehouse_136_Devon_Chaffee1 - Mark Cohen|
THE SENATE ARMED SERVICES REPORT ON BUSH TORTURE PRACTICES & POLICIES It began with a presidential determination that the U.S. need not observe Common Article 3 of the Geneva Convention regarding abuse of al Queda and Taliban detainees, and it quickly morphed into an interrogation methodology mirroring that employed by Chinese Communists against American soldiers in Korea. But it was neither humane nor effective, argues Devon Chaffee of Human Rights First...
Keywords: torture; human rights; Bush; Rumsfeld; Obama
|coffeehouse_136_obb - Mark Cohen|
Opening billboard for The Coffee House #136, featuring Devon Chaffee of Human Rights First about the "Torture Report"; 9/11 Commission and former associate attorney general Dan Marcus on needed changes at the US Justice Department; Steelworkers union's Roxanne Brown on the upcoming "Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference" in Washington, DC; poet Greta Ehrig; a book review by Reuben Jackson; and music by Curtis Blues, the one-man blues band.
Keywords: torture; justice; Bush; Obama; stimulus; poetry; music
|coffeehouse_OBB_140 - Mark Cohen|
WELCOME TO THE COFFEE HOUSE WHERE, IN THE NEXT HOURâ¦ TORTURE IS AGAINST THE LAWâ¦ IF ONE ADMINISTRATIONâS OFFICIALS NEVERTHELESS AUTHORIZE THE USE OF TORTUREâ¦ SHOULD THEY BE PROSECUTED THEIR SUCCESSORS ? WE ASK CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERT PROF. STEPHEN VLADECKâ¦ PRIVATE SECTOR UNION MEMBERSHIP IN THE US HAS DIPPED BELOW 10% OF THE WORKFORCEâ¦ EMPLOYERS SAY THATâS BECAUSE WORKERS REJECT UNIONS...
Keywords: torture; prosecution; maryland; legislature; EFCA; unions; blues; poetry; photography
|coffeehouse_140 - Mark Cohen|
Torture and Prosecutorial Discretion As former President George W. Bush once noted, torture is illegal. Thatâs true under both international and US law. So those who order or engage in torture are, objectively speaking, criminals. The International Committee of the Red Cross found that the Bush administration tortured terrorism detainees to wring information out of them. President Obama ordered a halt to these practices...
Keywords: torture; labor law; politics; Maryland; Blues; poetry; photography